BREAKING! James Mangold to direct Boba Fett Film!

Director James Mangold (Logan, Walk The Line) is set to helm the long in development Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm.

The news comes just as another character-centric Star Wars spinoff, Solo: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters.

Han Solo and Boba Fett aren’t the only Star Wars characters embarking on standalone adventures. Lucasfilm allegedly has a number of unofficial spinoff projects in development, including a movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi that reportedly has Stephen Daldry in talks to direct.

The possibility of a Boba Fett movie has been swirling for some time now. A number of reports have said the bounty hunter was the subject of the film that director Josh Trank was working on — until Lucasfilm fired him after his antics on the set of Fantastic Four.

Boba Fett, who first appeared in the animated portion of the Star Wars Holiday Special, is a Mandalorian warrior, turned bounty hunter, who heralds from the planet Mandalore. Fett has become one of the franchise’s most recognized and beloved villains (despite a ridiculously cartoonish demise in Return of the Jedi.)

It isn’t known if this too will be a prequel film or perhaps the first Star Wars Story film to take place after Jedi or Force Awakens.